Scans of POLAPAN35 – a long forgotten 35mm b/w slide film from Polaroid, developed manually in 2 minutes. A body of work, shot 1996 over 10 years, re-edited 2016.
I’m an analogue photographer who struggles to get digital images that resemble the prints that come out of my darkroom.
In 2014 I commissioned Professional Drum Scanning to scan the very best images of the puppets for the 30th Anniversary exhibition Spitting Image From Start to Finish at The Cartoon Museum, London.
“Tim’s scans were the first Drum Scans I’ve had so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had high hopes. As soon as I opened the files in Photoshop I realised that Tim’s scans were even better than I had hoped! It wasn’t long before I went and got a big print done. Tim provides a quality service, at great prices all in a pleasing time frame and I’ll certainly be using him again”
“We have been using Tim’s excellent services for all our drum scanning needs for the King Crimson boxsets ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic – The Complete Recordings’, ‘The Road To Red’ (US Tour 1974), and ‘Starless’ (Europe Live 1973-74). Tim has scanned 35mm transparencies of the band live in concert and has always brought out the very best in each. He has always turned things around rapidly and the results have exceeded our expectations. We think Professional Drum Scanning rocks!”
“When a customer needed prints 90 inches across, I knew there was only one person I could entrust to scan my film. Tim took great care and swiftly returned my film digitised to such high quality that the resulting prints were noseable even at such a large size.”
“The drum scans that Tim has produced for me have typically produced an extra stop of printable information in the darkest shadows of some extremely challenging transparencies. They are also the sharpest and most colour-accurate scans I have seen. I can strongly recommend this service.”
“The quality of the scans is so much better than anything I’ve had professionally scanned before, and your anti-dust techniques have really paid off. I am so impressed not only with the colour accuracy, but the retention of all the subtle tones and nuances which are so easily lost with most scanners. I’ve spent half the afternoon drooling over them and fantasizing about getting them printed REALLY BIG!”
“Having worked with film all my life, sharpness and depth of colour are paramount to my work. The quality achieved by scanners has never been to my satisfaction, that is until I phoned Tim who assured me about the quality of his drum scans, He also worked with me every step of the way to produce the finest scans I have ever seen.”
“Tim Has managed to pull out some detail which to be honest i did not know existed in my 6×7 trannies.The quality of the scans are to die for and better than any i have had done before the sharpness and colour rendition are just amazing! Thanks again Tim”
“After enduring a scanning odyssey, I finally found the right place. Who would expect the cheapest drum scanning service to be so good? I’m absolutely impressed by the incredible cleanliness and clarity of these scans. The forensic scan service is amazing too. It’s almost like cheating to get so much dynamic range with slides.”
“This is my first experience with drum scan, but I’m very satisfied with what I received (I opted for the standard 2000 dpi scans). Tim responded very quickly to my emails, and even sent some jpg proofs late Sunday night so that I could get a preview. The scans are quite sharp, very little signs of dust, and shadow details match the originals quite well. And the price is right. Thumbs up from me.”
“I am speechless. I am going around with a dazed smile. I don’t normally write recommendations, but you may quote me. What you have drawn out of that tranny, is extraordinary: I am seeing parts that I didn’t know existed, that I couldn’t see on the light box. I’ll be going through my transparencies anew knowing how much more life there may now be in them. Well done!”